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April 09, 2020 | Cary Cain, PhD, MPH, RN

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These are stressful times. It can be overwhelming to be at home 24/7 homeschooling your kids and working from home while keeping up with your household and trying to protect yourself and your family from COVID-19.  

It is normal to be stressed out right now. Many also have uncertainty about their income and how to stretch things to make ends meet.

For your children, it is normal for changes in usual routines to cause behavior challenges.  The combination of stress from...

April 08, 2020 | Audrey McKim, Child Life Activity Coordinator

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I am writing this on the eve of my daughter Maddie’s 11th birthday. In the morning she will get a few presents, we will go on a walk and do a scavenger hunt. Maddie’s three neighborhood friends who would have been over for a slumber party will instead drive by and wave out of their car window to wish her happy birthday. In the evening, we will choose one of our favorite Disney movies, make a popcorn bar and her daddy will tear pretend tickets made by my seven-year-old. This is our new normal.


April 03, 2020 | Petra Duran, PhD
Managing Toddlers | Texas Children’s Hospital

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So many things have changed – and continue to change – for you and your family during this time. Breathe. And remember you are not alone! With so much going on, it is likely our children are having increased tantrums, crying, wanting or requiring more attention, ignoring instructions and letting you know they want some control. These behaviors are...

April 01, 2020 | Robin P. Kochel, PhD, Leandra N. Berry, PhD, Sadiqa Cash, PhD , Jennifer Cervantes, LMSW, Rachel H. Fein, PhD, BCBA, Dinah Godwin, LCSW
Autism | Texas Children’s Hospital

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At Texas Children’s, we are prepared to tackle the challenges COVID-19 has created for all of us, but we also understand it has created additional challenges for families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and related special needs. Many children with ASD rely on a schedule and have difficulty with even minor changes in their routines. They may no longer have access to therapies or services and they may not have access to their preferred activities.

As a result, specialists at...

March 30, 2020 | Sonia Monteiro, MD
Mindfulness | Texas Children’s Hospital

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Mindfulness is defined as being present and paying attention on purpose and non-judgmentally to what is going on around you. Mindful parenting takes mindfulness a step further by having you, as a parent, pay attention to both yourself and your parenting, on purpose and in the moment. For parents, this involves listening to your child with your full attention, being aware of your child’s emotions and your emotions, learning to regulate/control your responses during stressful situations and having compassion...